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GERALD R. NORTH, Chair, is a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography
(1986-present), served as head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences (1995-2003), and held the
Harold J. Haynes Endowed Chair in Geosciences from 2004 to 2009 at Texas A&M University.
Previously Dr. North worked as a senior research scientist at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
(1978-1986). His professional interests include climate analysis, climate and hydrological modeling,
satellite remote sensing and mission planning, and statistical methods in atmospheric science. Dr. North
and his research group are interested in climate change and the determination of its origins. They work
with simplified climate models that lend themselves to analytical study, estimation theory as applied to
observing systems, and the testing of all climate models through statistical approaches. Dr. North is a
fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American
Meteorological Society, and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He is former editor-in-chief of
Reviews of Geophysics and is currently editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Sciences,
Second Edition. Dr. North received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin (1966). He
has served as a member of the National Research Council's (NRC's) Board of Atmospheric Sciences and
Climate and as chair of the Committee on Surface Temperature Reconstructions for the Last 2,000 Years
DANIEL N. BAKER is director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University
of Colorado, Boulder, where he also holds appointments as professor of astrophysical and planetary
sciences and as a professor of physics. His primary research interest is the study of plasma physical and
energetic particle phenomena in planetary magnetospheres and in the Earth's vicinity. He conducts
research in space instrument design, space physics data analysis, and magnetospheric modeling. He
currently is an investigator on several NASA space missions including the MESSENGER mission to
Mercury, the Magnetospheric MultiScale mission, the Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission, and the
Canadian ORBITALS mission. Dr. Baker has published more than 700 papers in the refereed literature
and has edited six topics on topics in space physics. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University
of Iowa. In 2010, Dr. Baker was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for leadership in
studies, measurements, and predictive tools for the Earth's radiation environment and its impact on U.S.
security. He is a fellow of the AGU, the International Academy of Astronautics, and the American
Association for the Advancement of Science. Among his other awards are the 2007 University of
Colorado's Robert L. Stearns Award for outstanding research, service, and teaching; the 2010 American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' James A. Van Allen Space Environments Award for excellence
and leadership in space research; and his selection in 2004 as a National Associate of the National
Academy of Sciences. Dr. Baker served as president of the Space Physics and Aeronomy section of AGU
(2002-2004), and he presently serves on advisory panels of the U.S. Air Force and the National Science
Foundation (NSF). He is a member of the NRC's Committee on the Effects of Solar Variability on
Earth's Climate: A Workshop and has served as a member of the Space Studies Board and several NRC
committees, including the Committee on Solar and Space Physics (chair), the Committee on Assessment
of Interagency Cooperation on Space and Earth Science Missions (co-chair), the steering committee for
the NRC's 2003 decadal survey in solar and space physics, the 2006 Decadal Review of the U.S. National
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